Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Grillo warns parties after rocking Italian politics

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Rome, February 25 - Comedian Beppe Grillo warned
Italy's parties that his Five Star Movement (M5S) will be
watching over them after its impressive showing in Italy's
general election rocked the country's political establishment.
With most of the votes counted, the M5S was set to be the
biggest single party in the House, notching 25.52% of the poll,
although Pier Luigi Bersani's centre left and ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's centre right had more support when all the votes of
the parties in their coalitions were added up.
Grillo said his movement would not make deals with the
other parties after an election that is set to produce an
inconclusive outcome.
"I'm not thinking of doing any big or little shady deals,"
the comedian said via the web TV channel of his movement, which
snubs traditional media outlets.
"We'll be an extraordinary force... there'll be 110 of us
(in parliament) and millions outside".
Grillo has tapped into the public's disenchantment at a
series of scandals to hit the established parties and the
political class's inability to address the country's economic
ills.
He has promised that none of his lawmakers will be tainted
by involvement in criminal scandals and warned the other parties
that his representatives will be keeping close tabs on them.
"Wait for us in parliament. It's be a pleasure to watch
you," he said.
He said via Twitter that "honesty will become fashionable"
now.
He added that he expects the centre-left Democratic Party
and Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party to form a broad
government alliance to overcome the stalemate the vote looks set
to produce
"They'll be able to go forward for six or seven months,"
Grillo said.
He said Monday that to give the country back to Berlusconi
amounted would be "a crime against the galaxy" and chided the
"20 million or so" who voted for the 76-year-old media magnate
because "deep down, they liked how things were".
Italian Nobel laureate for literature Dario Fo said the
M5S's result was an "extraordinary victory" for young people.
"Cleaning up (politics) is winning, and so are young
people," added Fo, who spoke during a blogcast hosted on
Grillo's website.
M5S members were emboldened by their unprecedented success.
"At the next elections, we do not know when, we will be
have the absolute majority in the country," said Alessandro Di
Battista, a House candidate from the Lazio region around Rome.
"We are very happy. We got people to vote who normally
don't vote at all".

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